Australian Study Shows Link Between Gaming and Depression
Daniel Loton, a researcher at Victoria University in Melbourne, has found a preliminary link between excessive gaming and depression in an ongoing study. The preliminary study found that 25% of gamers playing games over 33 hours per week are depressed, but 15% of gamers playing 21 hours per week are depressed.
The study is seeking more participants, and Loton is offering $500 AU as a grand prize for a participant who completes all of the monthly surveys.
As a gamer who tends to suffer from depression, I am curious about aspects of this study. First, there is a major financial motivation for participants, so there is a likelihood of repeat participants using different computers to increase their chance at getting the prize money.
Also, now that the goals of this study have been reported in the press, participants may give untrue answers to help the researcher conclude the way that he has already reported.
Depression robs sufferers of physical and emotional energy. Hopefully, this study finds ways to help those suffering from depression, rather than blames video games as another factor in depression.